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NASS Insider

March 25, 2021

Update on Medicare Sequester

Earlier this afternoon, the Senate reached an agreement to extend the 2% Medicare sequester moratorium which was set to expire on April 1. The bipartisan legislation which passed by a measure of 902, was offered as an amendment by Senators Jeanne Shaheen NH and Susan Collins ME, and would extend the sequester delay through December 31.

The House of Representatives last week passed H.R. 1868 which aimed to extend the moratorium through the end of the public health emergency and also eliminate a separate 4% Medicare sequester, mandated in 2022 to offset costs associated with the American Rescue Plan ARP.

The House is now expected to pass the Senate bill when it returns from its Easter recess in mid-April, and both chambers will look to address the 4% sequester later this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS is expected to hold off on processing April claims until the new legislation is signed into law, thus avoiding reduced payments for the spine and medical communities.

Thank you to the hundreds of NASS members who helped compel Congress to act via the NASS Advocacy Action Center. Your time and effort truly makes a difference!

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